Tips for Adding Quality Photos to Your Adoption Profile

As adoptive couples, we’ve all looked through the galleries of adoptive couples waiting to have a child placed with them. We’ve noticed their photos and stories, and maybe we’ve even judged a few. Well, it’s time to look at our own adoption profiles, blogs, websites, and social media pages to see if we are putting our best foot forward.

Quality photos will be the first thing expectant parents see when looking through profiles. You want expectant parents to easily imagine what life would be like for their child in your family. The easiest way to do that is not through the words we write but through photos that tell the stories of our lives. Having a strategy to tell that story makes the difference between a successful profile that gets lots of views and one that just blends in with all the rest and goes unnoticed. Here are a few quick tips to think about as you are building your adoption profile, blog/website, and social media pages.

The Most Prominent Photos Must Be Professional

Professional photos should be on the homepage of your adoption profile, blog or website, social media pages, and any prints you make. If you are making a hard copy of your profile, use these as your introduction. Always put your best foot forward. Just make sure you photos are a true reflection you. Here are a few key points to making sure your professional photos represent your family.

Find a photographer whose photos show personalities through their photos.

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Find a photographer who does lifestyle shoots and not just posed photos. 

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Find a photographer you connect with, one you feel comfortable being yourself around. 

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Professional Photos should:

There is a fine line between being real and looking too perfect. You don’t want your whole profile to be from one photo shoot. Use snapshots on a few pages into your online or paper profile. Let expectant parents see your best self before they see the selfies and snapshots.

Snapshot photos should tell the day-to-day story of your life.  

Pick the right snapshots and cut the wrong ones. 

One at a time, these photos don’t tell a story. Together in a collage they show that we spend time together and value our relationship. You can use photo shop or a free photo editing website like PicMonkey.

Having a photo strategy as you build your adoption profile and blog/website will be one of the most important things to increase your chances of getting contacted by expectant parents. Make sure that, by simply looking at your adoption profile and blog or website, expectant parents will have a good understanding of who you are and what life would be like for their child if they placed with you.